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College Hill Alliance Receives Excellence in Economic Development Award

MACON – The College Hill Alliance received a Gold Excellence in Economic Development Award recognizing the efforts to recruit and retain businesses and foster neighborhood revitalization in Macon, Georgia’s College Hill Corridor. The award, given by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC), was in the Real Estate Redevelopment & Reuse category for populations between 25,000 to 200,000 and highlighted the success of Mercer Village, an area once filled with vacant, dilapidated buildings that was transformed into a vibrant, residential and retail destination.
The honor was presented at an awards ceremony on Tuesday, October 8, during the IEDC Annual Conference, which was held October 6-9, in Philadelphia.
In addition to the Gold Award, the Alliance received a Silver Award from IEDC in the category of Neighborhood Development Initiatives, recognizing the partnership and dedication of the City of Macon, Mercer University and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation to reinvigorate Macon’s historic College Hill Corridor.
“The Excellence in Economic Development Awards recognize College Hill Alliance as being one of the leading organizations in the industry for innovation, creativity and successful strategies,” said IEDC chair Paul Krutko. “These awards are meant to honor the organizations and individuals who are dedicated to making a positive change in their communities.  This organization uses creative solutions and inventive ideas, and offers other regions a wonderful example to learn and benefit from. The award represents an acknowledgment and appreciation for College Hill Alliance’s dedication to continuous growth within itself, as well as improving the industry overall.”
“The highly successful College Hill Corridor initiative demonstrates what can be accomplished when great ideas are married with effective planning and strong, committed, public and private partners,” said Mercer University President William D. Underwood. “This recognition from IEDC is a tribute to the many individuals and organizations that have brought, and are bringing, visible and lasting vitality to the College Hill Corridor.”
Since 2009, the College Hill Alliance has leveraged $78.4 million in public and private investment in the College Hill Corridor. Driven by a community-created master plan, which serves as a blueprint for revitalization, the College Hill Corridor has transformed into Macon’s hip and historic destination, filled with new residents, businesses and visitors.
“The College Hill Alliance has transformed Macon's core by working with neighborhood residents and those who have laid a stake in Macon's revitalization,” said Beverly Blake, Knight Foundation program director in Macon. “Recognizing this collaboration sends a strong message to communities across the country that are undertaking similar paths of renewal: progress is possible with hard work and a determined community.”
The IEDC is a non-profit membership organization serving economic developers. With more than 4,000 members, IEDC is the largest organization of its kind. The IEDC Annual Conference recognizes the world’s best economic development programs and partnerships, marketing materials, and the year’s most influential leaders. Thirty-five awards are given to honor organizations and individuals for their efforts in creating positive change in urban, suburban, and rural communities. For more information, visit iedconline.org
About the College Hill Alliance
Initially established with a grant to Mercer University from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation in 2009, the College Hill Alliance assists the community in creating positive change to the physical, social and economic fabric of the College Hill Corridor, a two-square mile area between Mercer’s campus and Macon, Georgia’s downtown business district. For more information, contact Jessica Walden at the College Hill Alliance: 478.301.2014 / jessica@collegehillmacon.com. Visit collegehillmacon.com.

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